Spanish energy utility Iberdrola has awarded a contract to Andritz Hydro to supply the electro-mechanical equipment and penstock for a new pumped storage hydropower plant in Portugal.
The total contract value for this work at the Gouvães plant, which will cover the need for peak-load energy and provide fast-responding regulating power, amounts is $156m (EUR140m)
The scope of delivery comprises design, manufacturing, supply, and installation supervision for the complete electro- and hydro-mechanical equipment, including reversible pump turbines, motor generators, and electrical power systems, as well as design, manufacturing, supply, and complete installation of a penstock (including three bifurcators) with a total weight of about 12,000 tonnes.
With four pump turbines with a capacity of 220 MW each, Gouvães will be the heart of a new hydroelectric generation and storage scheme, which will consist of three power stations and total power production of almost 1,200 MW. It will be built on the Támega River in Northern Portugal, close to the city of Porto.
This is the third large contract between Iberdola and Andritz Hydro on the Iberian Peninsula, following similar contracts for equipment deliveries for the San Pedro II hydropower plant in 2011 and for modernization of the Aldeadávila hydropower plant in 2014.
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